CLINTON -- The alleged lookout man in the beating death of a 72-year-old inmate at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center was ordered held without bail by a Clinton District Court judge Friday during his arraignment on a single murder charge.
Chad Connors, 39, formerly of Avon, is one of three inmates charged with the murder of William Sires, who was serving a life sentence for the 1973 murder of his mother, Anna Sires.
Michael F. Freeman, 39, and Allan Erazo, 27, were both previously arraigned in Clinton District Court for their respective roles in the murder.
Sires was beaten to death Aug. 19 while walking laps in the prison, according to court documents.
Video surveillance shows Sires, who is aided by a cane, walking laps around a portion of the prison about 1:30 p.m., when he and Freeman become involved in a verbal confrontation.
The incident appeared to escalate into a physical altercation between the two, but was quickly broken up by other inmates.
Sires can then be seen on camera continuing his laps while Freeman appears to enlist the help of other inmates. Minutes pass before Sires and Freeman exchange words again. Sires did not stop walking.
The video then shows Freeman and the other two inmates walking toward a cell. Connors stayed outside to act as a lookout, according to court documents.
The court records go on to say that Erazo is seen violently ambushing Sires from behind and pulling him into the cell. Erazo immediately leaves, the video shows, leaving Freeman and Sires in the cell alone together for about 30 minutes.
At some point during the attack, another inmate requests that corrections officers close the door to the cell housing the two men, which locked them inside together.
A corrections officer making rounds at 2:01 p.m. discovered the bloodied body of Sires in the cell, with Freeman still there.
The court documents show that the three suspects "collectively conspired and executed a plan to ambush, attack, kidnap and force Sires" into the cell where he was ultimately beaten to death.
An autopsy conducted shows the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head, but that asphyxiation due to severe cranial injuries and a damaged airway passage also played in a role in the death.
Sires was beaten so severely he was "almost unrecognizable," court documents show.
Like his fellow co-conspirators, Connors is no stranger to violent crimes. He is serving a 7 to 12 year sentence after a 2007 conviction for armed robbery and carjacking.
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